Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:06am.
It's a bit baffling how "some economists" weren't fully cognisant of what would happen when the minimum wage was raised. I mean it's not as though it's the first time it has happened, the effects should be well known by now. Kind of reminds me of the old joke:
A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.
The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathemetician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."
Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."
Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"
Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:05am.
but who will speak for the unemployed Swiss Bankers?
Submitted by ancientt on July 9, 2014 - 4:22pm.
So basically marriage is a good preparation for criminal defense.
Submitted by veridicus on July 8, 2014 - 4:11pm.
35 years ago I got a 'D' in my first programming class. That was my first exposure to 'D' programming ;-)
Submitted by ancientt on July 7, 2014 - 9:17am.
Long range wireless energy transmission not new.
Simply convert the energy to mass; move the mass on the back of a truck; then convert it back to energy again.
No wires required!
Re:Long range wireless energy transmission not new
Sure. You convert energy to mass by dividing it by c^2. If that's not simple, then what is? ;-)
Submitted by coprenicuz on July 3, 2014 - 3:22pm.
Re:Well, of course
Yes, because they'll have arrested anybody who disagrees with them, and all that is left will be people too scared to say anything or who agree.
The NSA is the enemy of freedom and liberty, they just act like they're defending it.
And, yeah, some desk weenie has probably flipped a switch that says I'm an extremist -- what they don't realize is the more they do this shit, the more they'll create extremists.
What's really pathetic is how many Americans are buying into this, when not 20 years there would have been outrage.
Really, and truly, on 9/11 the terrorists got exactly what they wanted -- the destruction of Western societies as we knew it, and the rise of Americans saying "we don't give a crap about the rest of the world, we're scared". Sadly, that will create a backlash of people saying "we don't give a crap about the US, now piss off".
There's no going back from this kind of thing.
Submitted by coprenicuz on June 24, 2014 - 6:10pm.
Re:Here's the Solution
Honest mistake. They thought it was a no-drive list.
Submitted by ancientt on June 23, 2014 - 9:08am.
Better Career Path
If those servers would have studied engineering instead of history, they probably would not be servers and not be suffering from broken hearts.
Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 5:24pm.
I can imagine the dialogue:
Boss: "Your social media text analysis tool gives too many false positives! Change that!"
Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 9:37am.
Looking forward to Category 5 [wikipedia.org] hurricanes "Morgoth" and "Cthulhu".
On the other hand, not so anxious about Category 1 "Sprinkles" and "Mopsy"...
Submitted by ancientt on May 21, 2014 - 9:12pm.
Times sure are changing
When Intel buys or invents some kind of a new chip process, everyone applauds. When engineers use 3D printing to save a crippled boy's life, everyone celebrates technology. Stick an arduino in a tumor and people scream in ecstasy.
But when the item of cloning comes in the news, suddenly people back away and ask what it's all good for. Because us humans are not allowed to mess with that.
Come on people. We invested thousands of years trying to understand the tricks of physics and evolution. We have now got to a stage where we can apply these tricks ourselves and see what we can make of the world.
Will it turn out for the better? Absolutely nobody knows. But telling scientists not to mess with this takes us back to the middle ages, where scientific incentives were influenced heavily by religious and cultural beliefs.
Submitted by coprenicuz on May 14, 2014 - 10:29am.
They didn't say that would be the ONLY thing preventing upgrades! Other things that make upgrades and innovation unaffordable include:
- It's wednesday
Submitted by veridicus on May 8, 2014 - 1:07pm.
Re:This ought to be good.
Actually if you read the description in TFA, or, follow the link to the actual patents, something as simple as changing the F stop, or ISO, gets you around the patent. Change the light source, color temperature, wattage, and you are good to go. The patent is SO SPECIFIC, that you WILL have trouble finding prior art. Further it is SO SPECIFIC that Amazon wouldn't be able to find any infringers.
Amazon's aim was to avoid post-processing, such that no photo retouch was necessary, and they could put these images directly on line. Advertisers getting in trouble for re-touching photos is a common enough occurrence that its easy to see that any method that avoids re-touching saves time, money, and potential legal fees.
Submitted by veridicus on May 6, 2014 - 10:36am.
mind body dualism BS
Last dying gasps of mind body dualism BS. If dualism would just curl up and die for once and finally get out of the way, a lot of human progress could happen. I don't think most indoctrination based religions would be very amused, sucks to be them I guess, eventually they'll dry up and blow away and that'll be a great day.
If you assume the psychological process only exists because of thermodynamic processes, then its an emergent phenomena and no great surprise "minds" with memories follow a thermodynamic arrow of time.
If you assume some all knowing "truth" exists and our minds live in souls and all this other mythological dualism blather then you can imagine a non-thermodynamically limited intelligence that doesn't need to follow the arrow of time. But since we have no technology for that other than mysticism, indoctrination, and smoking weed, it doesn't seem we're making much progress there.
Submitted by veridicus on April 28, 2014 - 8:42am.
Re:Not new then, is it?
First Heartbleed and now this. These zero-decade vulnerabilities are getting out of hand.